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this morning on "early today," high alert. east coast residents head inland to make way for hurricane earl. bench-clearing brawl. the marlins and the nationals go from bean balls to fist fights. and all fired up. a flaming annual tradition lights up el salvador. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. i am lynn berry, and today we begin with states of emergency. north carolina, virginia and maryland are all on the highest level of alert as the east coast braces for the arrival of hurricane earl. even a slight shift in the projected path of what experts are calling an impressive, massive storm could spell disaster for the eastern seaboard. nbc's kristen dahlgren has the very latest from north carolina's outer banks.
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kristen, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, lynn. well, for days, there's been speculation over exactly where earl would go, but here's the bottom line. at this point it may not matter that much. those hurricane-force winds extend about 90 miles from the center of earl. tropical storm force winds about 200 miles from the center. so, along much of the coast, things about to get much worse. as darkness fell on the carolina coast, earl strengthened, bringing with it powerful waves but also uncertainty. >> earl's a big unknown. if it stays out to sea, we probably would have been okay and gotten rain. >> reporter: do you board up? >> i haven't yet to this point, but this might be the first. >> reporter: but officials warn that the slightest change could bring a direct hit and that either way, hurricane or tropical storm-force winds are now less than a day away. and so, on parts of the outer banks, mandatory evacuations are under way and watches and warnings in effect from north carolina all the way to new
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england. a huge stretch of the east coast in the strike zone. >> the hurricane's coming and i'm hoping we can make it back into town fairly quickly. i'm a little nervous about the roads and the backups for the evacuations. >> reporter: and so, anxious vacationers packed in their weekend plans, headed to safer ground, while on new york's long island, marinas hauled boats out of the water. >> the tidal surge is going to be tremendous, 10, 11, 12 -- they'll be above all the pylons. if a pylon comes down on one of those boats, it will sink. >> reporter: as millions now watch to see where earl will go. the storm already crashing labor day weekend plans up and down the coast. now, here in north carolina, some national guard troops have already been deployed here along the coast. meantime, the president has answered the call for federal aid, and fema is standing by ready to help after the storm. the worst here along the outer banks expected overnight tonight and into the morning. lynn? >> kristen dahlgren there for us in north carolina. kristen, thank you.
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police in maryland shot and killed an armed gunman who took three hostages inside the maryland headquarters of the discovery channel yesterday. court records show the 43-year-old radical environmentalist began protesting against the cable tv channel two years ago, hoping to convince executives to devote more programming time to environmental issues. nbc's brian mooar has our report. >> reporter: for four terrifying hours, a gunman carrying what looked like bombs held three hostages inside the discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. negotiations with 43-year-old james j. lee broke down. authorities say they had to open fire after he made an aggressive move with his gun. >> he pulled out the handgun that he came in with and pointed it at one of the hostages. at that point, our tactical units moved in. they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased.
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>> reporter: most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue what was going on until they were being evacuated. >> panic, nervous, you know, afraid, weren't sure if the gunman was going to come up the other floors or anything. >> reporter: shortly after the incident began, nbc news called the discovery channel. lee grabbed the phone. an nbc producer spoke with him for about ten minutes and recorded his words. >> do you have a gun? >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. >> reporter: nbc news notified police and agreed to withhold the tape until the crisis was over. a website, apparently posted by lee, contains a long, ranting list of demands. among them, the discovery channel "stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants." brian mooar, nbc news, silver spring, maryland. now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. police in washington state are
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hoping security video will help them catch two suspected puppy thieves. a woman is seen grabbing a chihuahua and stuffing it into her backpack while a man blocks with his body. the couple then attempts to create a diversion, picking up and petting another puppy before leaving the store. one man is in custody after florida police and the coast guard were called in to help what appeared to be a boat in distress. instead, over 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1 million were found in the beached vessel. police are now looking for the owner of the 33-foot speedboat and one other suspect seen running from the boat. also in florida, a small plane that made an emergency landing on a highway was taken apart so it could be moved. crews used saws to dismantle the 1957 aero commander, which experienced engine failure shortly after takeoff. fortunately, no one was hurt. and no vehicle is safe in detroit, not even the mayor's. an suv, part of the mayor's security detail, was robbed of
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its wheels and put up on cinder blocks. the vehicle was parked outside of a gated detroit condo, but it's not clear why the vehicle was there. police are now investigating. well, now let's get a look at your national and regional weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. obviously, bill, big question is whether or not there will be that slight shift that we talk bed in the beginning of the show. that really could matter tremendously here. >> yeah, let's get into this, lynn, because a lot of things have changed overnight with the intensity of the storm. hurricane warnings in the red, tropical storm warnings in orange. and these tropical storm warnings will be extended through long island later today and hurricane winds, i'm sure, it be issued here for the cape as we go throughout the afternoon. the storm intensified last night. it's as strong as it's ever been. it's a category 4 storm that looks to be heading straight for north carolina. this is serious business in the coastal areas here. i mean, just slightest shift in this storm and its hurricane-force winds will be moving right over the outer banks. it could be one of the most
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devastating storms for the outer banks if that occurred. waves are huge from the center, 12-foot waves ahead of the center already out on the outer banks, 12-foot waves on the outer coast. as far as the path goes, we'll watch this storm brushing the outer banks tonight. then it's going to parallel the coast all day tomorrow and then be out near cape cod friday about midnight or so. and here's a closer look at the path. 70 miles is how far offshore we're expecting the eye to go, and that's not much at all. very, very nervous day today watching the storm in the outer banks. that's a look at your national forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. sunshine today and heat up ahead of earl. new york to charlotte, all the way to raleigh. go all the way up the coast to boston. one last hot day before what of earl will affect your region. as earl pulls away, it will be much cooler this upcoming weekend. we'll give you an update, lynn, coming up on the storm. >> yeah. obviously, those models behind you, that's really what it's going to come down to. >> and they're all in, for the
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most part, still showing off-the-coast track with the exception of cape cod, but we have a lot of concerns. this storm much stronger this morning than it was supposed to be. >> bill, thank you. well, stocks sizzle, apple shines and burger king is on the block. your early-morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, you won't believe who turned down "dancing with the stars" and who volunteered but got turned away. a major upset at the u.s. open and fight night in florida. you're watching "early today."
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good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry and here's some of your top headlines. israeli frmt benjamin yahoo! and mohammed abbas are expected to relaunch peace talks in washington after a nearly two-year hiatus. following a day of individual meetings with both leaders, president obama said yesterday he was "cautiously hopeful"
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about achieving a positive outcome. new video out of chile shows improvements in the living quarters for 33 trapped miners a half mile under ground there. in the footage, the men, some of whom are clean-shaven, are seen receiving supplies of bottled water. it may take anywhere from two to four months to get the miners out. and as they do every year, young men in el salvador threw flaming balls of fire at each other this week. does not look fun. it's all part of a festival meant to commemorate a volcanic eruption in 1922. despite the apparent dangers, authorities say few serious injuries have been reported over the years. crazy. and now here's an early look at how wall street will open the day. the dow opens at 10,269 after gaining 254 points yesterday. the s&p rose 30 points and the nasdaq climbed 62. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei was up 135 points. in hong kong, the hang seng soared 245.
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what a difference a new month can make. the fear that gripped wall street for most of august suddenly lifted in the first day of september as stocks posted their best day in eight weeks. more than six shares rose for every one that fell on the new york stock exchange. all 30 components that make up the dow rose. a report of stronger-than-expected u.s. manufacturing growth snapped a run of discouraging economic data, giving sideliners a reason to jump in and buy. heavy equipment maker caterpillar, a bellwether that fluctuates with economic sentiment, jumped almost 5%. the manufacturing data, along with a similarly strong manufacturing report from china, boosted oil futures to just under $74 a barrel. metals prices also advanced, lifting copper to its highest level in more than four months. freeport-mcmoran copper and gold climbed almost 6%, alcoa gained 3%. not all the news is good. economic fears and a lack of sales incentive made august the
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worst for u.s. auto sales in 23 years. elsewhere, apple shot up 3% after introducing a new version of apple tv and a new ipod lineup. shares of burger king climbed almost 15% on reports america's number two hamburger chain may put itself up for sale. looking ahead, later today, fed chief ben bernanke appears before a panel investigating the financial crisis, giving his take on the meltdown and the risks still posed by large financial institutions. and finally, scandinavian airline sas will host the first-ever in-flight gay wedding. sas is accepting entries from gay couples who want to celebrate their nuptials midflight from stockholm to new york september 6th. the couple will be chosen by online votes. keep an eye out for that. manny on deck. a diamondback does it all and an ugly bench-clearing brawl. plus, beating the heat yesterday was hard enough for plain old new yorkers, let alone u.s. open competitors. your early-morning sports
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headlines are straight ahead. and the day before a hurricane hits, it's typically sunny and it's very hot. that's the forecast up and down the east coast before earl. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this
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is "early today." and in sports, although he hasn't done anything yet, things have worked out well for the chicago white sox since acquiring outfielder manny ramirez. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning. manny ramirez had singled in his white sox debut, but for the second straight game, he was more effective from the on-deck circle. to cleveland. indians up 4-2. with manny on deck, paul konerko gave them the lead with a three-run homer. remember, what he on deck tuesday when a.j. practice zinn ski hit the go-ahead homer. white sox won 6-4. in florida, flash back to tuesday. the nationals' nyjer morgan separated the shoulder of marlins catcher hayes with a vicious hit the the plate. clean play. last night, chris volstad plucked morgan. we're even, right? wrong. morgan then stole two bases and put florida up 11 runs. kind of an unwritten rule not to steal in such a blowout. morgan's next at-bat, volstad threw behind him and morgan
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charged the mound. first baseman gaby sanchez came in and clothes-lined him. the benches cleared, resulting in a massive dog pile. the worst of it was when sanchez came flying in out of nowhere. they won 16-10. and the debut was just another day at the park. the fly ball, made a leaping grab while crashing into the fence. he also hit a grand slam in the seventh. not bad for a kid called up just hours before the game. diamondbacks won it 5-4. frightening moment now from the u.s. open. far court. that's the tenth seed victoria oz ranka and she collapsed and fell to the ground while chasing a ball. heat exhaustion partially to blame as temperatures topped 100 degrees, but it was later discovered she suffered a mild concussion in warm-ups, and that certainly didn't help. thankfully, she's expected to be okay. huge upset on the men's side. andy roddick got more than he could handle. roddick was down early, battled back, but too little, too late. his u.s. open comes to a disappointing end. that's your early look at sports
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on "early today." i'm fred roggin. the return of conan. your early-morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, after some uncertainty, they're headed home. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back. let me break down the timeline of earl. this afternoon and this evening, the wind and rain arrives in the outer banks of north carolina.
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also, eventually late tonight in virginia beach and norfolk. by the time we get to friday morning, the weather will quickly be going downhill from new jersey, maryland and delaware, so virginia beach up to toms river. then by friday night, the peak of the worst of it in southern new england and eastern new england will come during the overnight hours, especially out there on cape cod with long branch, the montauk, new london, connecticut and nantucket, that will be the bad stuff on the cape. that's where we could have some significant damage from earl. very powerful storm this morning. well, if you're watching us on wsfa 12 in montgomery, alabama, with the summer's end, check out flowers of all shapes and sizes at "summer blossoms: a bouquet for alabama" at the alabama artists gallery. and that's your "early today event of the day." lynn. >> bill, thanks so much. now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. you probably heard who would be on "dancing with the stars" next season, but a hollywood reporter found out who turned them down. quoting a casting source, "the trade" paper says sylvester
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stallone, ann coulter, condoleezza rice, erin brockovich, richard branson, tim allen and suzanne somers all turned down offers. the report also said melanie griffith lobbies to get on the show every season and is always turned down. ouch. well, joan rivers also told wendy williams that she got in touch with the show saying she wanted to do it, but they never got back to her, prompting rivers to give the "dancing with the stars" producers and obscene suggestion. finally, conan o'brien announced the new title of his upcoming tbs talk show on youtube yesterday, saying the name is "simple and pure like the man himself." the title -- bill, can you guess? drum roll, please. what do you think? >> um, it's definitely not "letterman." >> look at the screen. look at the screen. it's just "conan," simply "conan." >> should have named the show "leno." >> bill, we can't get into that here. we all signed agreements, didn't we? kidding.
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>> if i'm not here tomorrow -- >> you've done worse than that, bill. i know you'll be here. this is from wbbh, nbc 2 in ft. myers, florida, where some of the first gulf oil victims are on their way home. 42 kemp ridley turtles were released from a rehabilitation center and headed back to home waters in the gulf of mexico. filled with hope for their continued survival, the rehabilitation team that rescued the endangered animals took them to florida's turtle key, an area that is rich in food, free from predators, and most importantly, free from oil. i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today your nbc station. .
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i have a sgun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body ready to go off. >> i don't know what it make of it. i've never seen anything like this before. >> people were crying, they were scared. >> the suspect was shot by police officers. all the hostages are safe. >> everyone's accounted for. every is safe and sound. and we're very, very thankful for that. good morning, i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. silver springs remains an active crime scene. >> police officers and s.w.a.t. teams are keeping a close watch outside the discovery channel headquarters this morning. there are also a number of officers inside the building overnight, they swept the building looking for any additional threats.
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this h comes after a man who with at least one explosive device strapped to his body took three people hostage inside the lobby before being shot and killed by police yesterday. megan mcgrath jones us from silver spring right now with more. >> reporter: police are still here on the scene. you can see inside the glass there through the front window, you can see that investigators are still in the lobby area of the discovery building here in downtown silver spring. they've been here all night collecting evidence and continuing with their investigation. a very terrifying situation for the folks who work here at discovery. yesterday afternoon, a man waving a gun burst into the lobby. he had what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his chest. he then took hostages. police and s.w.a.t. teams moved in. what beganas

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